Is Any Hair Shaved For the Occipital Skull Reduction Procedure?

Q: Dr. Eppley, in terms of the occipital procedure, what kind of swelling can I expect and will any hair be shaved to make the incision? Or in other words, will I be able to go back to work pretty soon afterward without worry about the scar being seen as it’s healing and any swelling being noticeable?

A: In answer to your occipital skull reduction questions:

1) No hair is shaved for the procedure.

2) Most of the swelling that occurs is on the back of the head and does not affect the face. So it is really not that noticeable to others. So you should be able to go back to work fairly quickly.

As for the forehead one treatment option that we did not discuss was fat injections, a minimally invasive procedure with virtually no recovery. While it is not what I would consider for medium or larger types of skull augmentation but for small contour concerns it is an option.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana